Steamer Total Wreck in Gale
Hinckley, Last of Fleet, Breaks Up On Stony Point.
Heavy pounding seas, which followed a northwesterly gale early Sunday morning, during the day completed the wreck of the steamer Hinckley on Stony Point, and at noon Sunday, only the top of the engine remained visible in the breakers that swept in on Gravely Bay, on the east side of the point, where Captain A.R. Hinckley had beached the steamer early last Tuesday morning when a bad leak gained on the pumps and made sinking imminent.
Efforts to salvage the steamer started Friday, when the tug Salvage Prince and lighters removed about 310 tons of chestnut coal from the stranded ship. The steamer listed, and there were so many started planks that pumps could not gain on the water in the holds. Saturday other efforts to free the ship were made, and with Saturday night, when storm warnings were flying the salvage fleet left the steamer to her fate. The steamer was not insured, but the cargo was. About 100 tons of coal remains in the holds of the ship.
About daylight Sunday the top hamper started to come ashore at Stony Point, and in less than two hours the rest of the hull above the water line followed, and the beach was strewn with timbers and the debris from the steamer.
The Hinckley was built by Captain M. G. Phelps at Chaumont as a barge 29 years ago, and was fitted out as a steamer in Oswego by Captain Hinckley and during that entire period Captain Hinckley had operated the steamer in the coal trade between Fair Haven and Oswego and Ontario and St. Lawrence river points. In that period also, Captain Hinckley had a contract from the Lighthouse department placing buoys in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence river, the Hinckley being of the first to open and last to close the season of navigation on Lake Ontario.
The Hinckley is the last of a number of steamers owned and operated by Captain Hinckley. The barge Isabella H. her consort sunk four years ago in the Oswego river mouth drowning one of the crew and the Pentland was beached down the St. Lawrence and removed as a hulk by the government the same year.